Ivan Aivazovsky (1817 1900): The Black Sea at Night, 1879

Ivan Aivazovsky (1817 1900): The Black Sea at Night, 1879

12/19/2021, 2:18:21 PM
Ivan Aivazovsky (1817 1900): The Black Sea at Night, 1879, oil on canvas, 76 x 100 cm, Odessa Art Museum, Ukraine 'The Black Sea at Nigh' is one of the cults in the work of Ivan Aivazovsky. As all his landscapes it is full of philosophy; reflections of life. This is a bright moon in the painting, like a 'night sun', illuminates everything around, and the water seems to be filled with its glow. Clouds, also illuminated by moonlight, make this night landscape lighter. Playing with the light is the artist‘s favorite technique. It is with the help of light that he achieves to depict the beauty of the sea surface, the volume and transparency of waves. Despite the movement of the waves, the picture is filled with the Spirit of calmness. The ship goes smoothly to its destination and the moon seems to be accompanying it on this long journey. The painting contains only laconic colours. Using a small number of shades, the artist realistically conveys the nature to his canvas. The horizon line brightly separates the sea from the heavenly space, which, in comparison with the brightly lit surface of the water, appears to be a black abyss.

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